70 YEARS WITH THE ROSSA: A SYMBOLIC CHOICE
24/3/2012.- The Rossa in fact interprets and pushes forward some of the key themes in the long partnership between Ferrari and Pininfarina: in particular the competition spiders of the 50’s and the Mythos concept car in 1989.
Rossa – red in name and in fact is the research concept realised by Pininfarina to celebrate its 70 years in the business.
A two-seater spider on Ferrari mechanicals, it could hardly be bettered as a concept link between Pininfarina’s past and future.
The Rossa in fact interprets and pushes forward some of the key themes in the long partnership between Ferrari and Pininfarina: in particular the competition spiders of the 50’s and the Mythos concept car in 1989.
The result, however, is no vacuous «retromobile», no sterile collection of quotations from the past. What the Rossa does is to present a homogeneous, organic vision of what a traditional front-engined two-seater open car might evolve in the third millennium. The mechanicals are from the 550 Maranello with the same wheelbase and tracks. The formal interpretation, by contrast, is absolutely free-wheeling in the best tradition of pure research by Pininfarina whose concept cars based on Ferrari mechanicals have included such recognised masterpieces as the Dino Berlinetta Speciale, the P5, the 512S, the Modulo and the Pinin, to name but five.
Rossa’s technical specification
- Length: 4290 mm.
- Width: 1940 mm.
- Height (roll-bar) 1130 mm.
- Wheelbase: 2500 mm.
- Front overhang: 1050 mm.
- Rear overhang: 740 mm
- Front track: 1630 mm.
- Rear track: 1660 mm.
- Front tyres: Michelin PAX 245-650R480A
- Rear tyres: Michelin PAX 275-690R520A
- Ferrari 550 maranello’s engine and mechanicals:
- Engine Front engine, 12 cylinder in 65º V, 48 valves.
- Capacity: 5474 c.c.
- Power output: 485 cv.
- Wheel-drive rear
- Maximum speed over 300 Km/h.
Text: Clásicos al Volante
Photographs by: Pininfarina